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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 52 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 12 Jan. 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00383ACTA
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The Untold History of the Potato Audiobook – Unabridged
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The central narritive is about the domestication, cultivation and dissemination of the potato. At the critical junctions what is, or is not, known about the historical context is outlined in a relevant and interesting way. The author acknowledges that there are many gaps in our knowledge not least why humans made the transition to an agrarian life style or how the initial cultivators succeeded in domesticating a very toxic plant.
He also offers the interesting argument that while the potato has provided sustenance to the poorest of communities, this dependence has been a means of perpetuating their poverty.
All in all this is an enjoyable and informative read. But the book is probably too spud-centric. It has a clear agricultural and rural focus. There is scope for a further volume on how the potato made its way into our cities and the role is plays in industrial and capitalist societies.
This fascinating account is peppered with good stories making the case for a far wider appreciation of the importance of the humble spud in the rapid rise of European people's health, wealth and power from the 16th century on.
A very entertaining read.